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Stop the casual sexism, please

Apologies for the lack of blogging – I’ve been preparing for a trip to Bristol this weekend. Rest assured, I will be back to normal soon. In the mean time, I wanted to leave you with this thought, from Jeff Stelling on Countdown (Channel 4, 21st July). Whilst discussing university and degrees with Rachael Riley, who has a top Maths qualification from a leading British university, Jeff remarked on how Rachael’s life would change once she ties the knot with her fiancee:

“Now you’re getting married next year, there are only a couple of degrees you need to worry about – that’s 40 for the washing and 180 for the oven”.

The sad thing is, I don’t think he was joking. Puns like this, or the long-running ‘get to the kitchen and make me a sandwich’ remarks that are used all too frequently by men, are tasteless and insulting. For the record, I’m an appalling cook, though I’d be quite tempted to poison Jeff Stelling with one of my culinary creations. Sadly, it’s comments like Jeff’s that make me feel as though feminism still has a long way to go.


About Polly

I'm a journalist, based near Brighton. This blog, which is separate from my professional life, will document my reaction to current affairs, as well as some personal projects.


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